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Discuss: Rangers avoid eighth seed in 4-0 win over Devils

Apr 27, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers dominated Saturday’s match against the New Jersey Devils from start to finish and were rewarded with a comfortable 4-0 victory.

With this win, the Rangers have avoided a first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They could finish as high as sixth place, but the Ottawa Senators can push them down to the seventh seed if they get three points in their final two contests.

Here are the talking points:

  • Rick Nash scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season this afternoon. He pretty much lived up to expectations in his first regular season with the Rangers, but how will he do in the playoffs? Nash has a goal and three points in four career postseason contests. He also has never won a playoff game.
  • The Rangers won 10 of their final 13 matches. Can they carry that momentum into the postseason?
  • New Jersey will finish the season with one of the worst records in the league when it comes to goals per game. They were without Ilya Kovalchuk for 11 contests, but the loss of Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild was certainly felt.
  • Martin Brodeur will turn 41 in May and Johan Hedberg will celebrate his 40th birthday. They’re both signed through 2013-14, but can the Devils stay competitive with that tandem? It’s not just about how they’ll preform, it’s a question of if they can stay healthy over the course of an 82-game season.
  • Henrik Lundqvist ended up starting in 43 of the Rangers’ 48 games. That might end up being on par with Antti Niemi, but it’s more playing time than Sergei Bobrovsky, Corey Crawford, or Tuukka Rask will receive. Could that push Lundqvist over the edge in his quest for a second straight Vezina Trophy?
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  1. biffnasty - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    well played rangers..who was it that was arguing with me that the isles would finish better than the rangers?

  2. stakex - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Too bad, I was actually hoping to see the Rangers play the Pens in the first round. I mean they have to play them at some point to win the Cup (provided they aren’t knocked off already), so might as well get it over with.

    Besides, I don’t think the Pens are the over whelming favorite the hockey media likes to sell them as. This is not the well balanced Pens team that won the Cup. They remind me a lot more of the Capitals from a couple years ago… a top heavy team with so-so defense/goaltending that lights it up in the regular season, but struggles in the playoffs. The problem for them is that the playoffs of late have been very tight, low scoring, and won by good defense and goaltending. Its almost impossible to score your way to a cup right now, and the reality of it is thats the only way this Pens team can get there. Thats a problem.

    • trick9 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Exactly… seems to me that in every recent year the team that has the best goalkeeper wins the cup, rather than offense.

    • bmscalise - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      You know little about hockey and even less about the Pens (despite multiple asinine comments on every Pens-related post). The Pens defense is solid – Matt Niskanen is going to be the #5 d-man, which should give you some sense of the defensive depth the Pens have (but probably won’t). And Flower has been really solid all year (as has Vokoun) – I certainly am not worried about the Pens goaltending – at all.

      This is a team with the second best 5-5 F/A average in the league – despite a crazy amount of injuries to the best players in the last month. They’ve actually been giving up quite a few shots late in the season, since so many depth players have had to take on more responsibility than they should. When the team gets healthy (as it almost is, finally) – they’ll have the puck much more often – and even less pressure will be placed on the defense.

      In sum – wishful thinking on your part.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      It’s such a short-minded approach, though. In 2006 and 2007, the teams that won the Cup were good at everything but the best at nothing. In 2008 Detroit just dominated everyone at everything. In 2009 and 2010, very average goaltending won the Cup. In 2011 and 2012, it was great goaltending and defense, with very average offense. So the lesson of this should be: Different teams win with different styles. If there was one formula to build a championship team, everyone would have a Cup. If in 2011 the Bruins had looked at the last 5 Cup champions, they would have seen that only 1 of them had the best goaltending. It’s all relative to the competition you have that year.

  3. c1md6 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Did anyone watch Milbury cry about how it wasn’t a penalty on the Nash breakaway? He must of referenced it like 5 times. I never seen someone hate the rangers/penguins so much, I mean every broadcast he’s either hating on the rangers or penguins it’s gross.

  4. jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Biff, i remember those arguments. There was also that isles fan that said “islanders hockey, real hockey real fans” then he made comments, how enjoy golf and they are a horrible team. Not saying the isles are bad, they are playing well, but they have been hoisting the cup the past three weeks, I like the NYR in any series with henrik in net and the added depth. Should be interesting. Guess they aren’t golfing just yet.

  5. ryanw822 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Must be trying times to be NYR fan if youre talking trash to an Islanders fan when it took the last game to finish 1 point better than them.

    Congrats on having a better season than the Islanders?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      I wouldn’t worry about too much Ryan. It’s like a Mets fan trying to talk smack to a Yankees fan. 1 Cup in 70 Plus years is the only response necessary.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        exactly, the rangers are exactly like the mets and the isles are like the yankees. what planet do you live on? so the islanders have a larger fan base? they are a bigger market? no one is arguing with isles fans, i said earlier they are a good team, but the comments how the nyr would be playing golf was a lil premature.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        I see reality has angered a Rangers fanboy.

        1 Cup. 70 Years. = FAIL FRANCHISE

        Atleast the Islanders had a dynasty in the past 40 years.

        The Rangers have done NOTHING.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        Let me correct myself.

        Being in a major market and trying to buy the Cup every year only to fail miserably time and time again surely amounts to a little more than nothing.

        The Rangers are as relevant as the NY Jets. Sorry that reality hurts so much.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        youre right, islanders are relevant. what was i thinking.

  6. icehammer8394 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Well said chanceof

  7. jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    there are plenty of teams that play in a major market that don’t sell out, draw fans and have a large following. Rangers are a top 5 selling franchise across the country. I guess they are pretty relevant then. Relevant enough for you to keep repeating yourself on a Rangers thread.

  8. c1md6 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Fail franchise? Really? An islander fan who’s team is moving to Brooklyn because all the “fans” of the islanders couldn’t muster up enough votes to keep their team from moving and the county overwhelmingly votes against keeping them. The rangers having had the success and winning cups as other original 6 teams have but we would never let our team leave because we couldn’t get enough votes, that’s just a disgrace and a “fail franchise” if I’ve vet seen one.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      exactly, rangers as a franchise, FAIL. says the fan of the team who has failed miserably to stay in their location and has been rumored to move everywhere from quebec, to KC to BK. And he keeps talking about fail.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        LOL I’m not an Islander fan. And their dynasty and ridiculous feat of 4 back to back to back to back Cups make them more relevant in the past 40 years than ANYTHING the Rangers have done.

        I live in reality. You should try it some time.

        70 Plus Years and only one Cup = FAIL FRANCHISE

        The fact that every Ranger fan gets their panties in a bunch when you point out that simple fact is comedic gold. You’re team is as relevant to the New York area of sports as the NY Jets. Ouch…

  9. jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    you’re talking about being relevant and discussing the 80’s. get a grip. defending a team you don’t even root for.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Just reality checking Rangers fans. Someone has to.

      Your team hasn’t won jack and you guys act like their in the finals every other year.

      Atleast the Leafs fans are humble that their teams sucks and hasn’t won anything in decades. You guys need to be smacked back to reality.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        You have issues, i just read a few other Ranger articles and you repeat yourself 14 times under three different names. Get a grip already.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Sorry, but you must have me confused for one of the many others who see the New York Rangers joke of a franchise’s record of 1 cup in 70 PLUS years (Still hilarious) as the failure it is.

  10. cameltoews - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Who’s your team blood?

  11. cameltoews - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    And I don’t see anyone in here acting like the rangers win the cup all the time. I see ranger fans being fans of their team then you just come in trolling with your panties in a bunch. Clearly, you have something against a team that is usually competitive every year.

  12. President Charles Logan - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    1 cup in 73 years lol… done in the first round… book it

  13. cameltoews - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    We got the caps. I doubt that.

  14. cameltoews - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I guess you don’t want to say who your team is

  15. phatmat456 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    lol devils are the model franchise around here…rangers and knicks have been the laughing stock of sports last 10 yrs

  16. nashernation - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Callahan and Stepan are rolling with the King getting hot at the perfect time. This is going to be a great series with the caps. Girardi gives Ovi fits so we will see if he will slow down. The Blue Shirts hope for a cup is going to rely heavy on Richards and Nasher clicking in the playoffs.

  17. larrybiv - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    C’mon boys and girls…..can’t we all get along? Give credit to the Isles for making the PO’s and my NYR have certainly had their share of trials and tribulations. Sather totally knew that by trading away our whole 3rd line that we wouldn’t be as deep. But you just HAD to get a guy like NASH when he became available. He literally was sacrificing this half season. Now, We’ve gone through the mud of this half season, trying just to get in. NOW, we’ll see what happens, otherwise…..this team was actually built more for the future.

  18. larrybiv - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    @ cameltoews…….our “cap issues” are gone, as we have traded Gabby for some younger players with a lot more heart. Gabby had enough of Torts, and vice versa.

  19. larrybiv - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    And now our only “cap” issues are stopping Ovie, Green, Backstrom and their awesome PP. suggestion to NYR, don’t take too many penalties.

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